Sent To My Parents Married for 72 Years

by Steve Ray on January 20, 2012

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My mom and dad at 80 years old; now they are in their 90's

Dear Mom and Dad:

While reading today on a plane 35,000 feet over Texas I was touched deeply by a passage from Scripture. This is not in your Protestant Bible but it is in our Catholic Bible. I thought you’d like it.

Sirach 3:12-15 “My son, take care of your father when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives. 13 Even if his mind fail, be considerate with him; revile him not in the fullness of your strength.  For kindness to a father will not be forgotten, it will serve as a sin offering—it will take lasting root.  In time of tribulation it will be recalled to your advantage, like warmth upon frost it will melt away your sins.”

Sirach 7:27-28 “With your whole heart honor your father; your mother’s birthpangs forget not.  Remember, of these parents you were born; what can you give them for all they gave you?”

Me (left with younger brothers Christmas 1964

Mom and Dad: I thank you for giving me birth. Bless you for your generosity and long-suffering in raising me (and my siblings). All five kids thank you!

I thank you for not buying into the evil of abortion but for valuing life and for paying the price — giving of yourselves heart and soul.

You are great parents and my whole family, all 20 of us, love you and thank you.

Sent from Steve Ray’s iPhone

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Tom Govern January 20, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Steve,
Very nice!

Tara January 20, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Congratulations Mom and Dad
You have a wonderful family
WOW … 72 years
You are truely amazing
God is great all the time
Hugs from Tampa
Tara, Mike and Moses
xxxooo

Darrell January 21, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Steve,
Nice tribute to your folks! Couples like your parents and mine (married 61 years this year) are an inspiration to us all, and no doubt pleasing in the sight of God. I was reminded of something else that is in our Bible, but not in the Protestant versions…something my wife and I prayed on our wedding night (although I wasn’t Catholic at the time). Do you recognize it?

“Blessed are you, O God of our fathers; praised be your name forever and ever. Let the heavens and all your creation praise you forever. You made Adam and you gave him his wife Eve to be his help and support; and from these two the human race descended. You said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone; let us make him a partner like himself.’ Now, Lord, you know that I take this wife of mine not because of lust, but for a noble purpose. Call down your mercy on me and on her, and allow us to live together to a happy old age.”

Hope to see you next time you’re in the Lone Star State!

Cheers,
Darrell, TX

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